Bangalore, Apr 19: Chris Gayle's massive hits to the stands might have garnered a lot of attention but the recent incident of an eleven year old's nasal fracture, a victim of Gayle force has raised spectator's owes as they may have to risk their lives for just over three hours of entertainment on the cricket field.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's explosive batsman, Gayle's massive hit to the stands injured 11-year old Tia Bhatia's nose during the match against Pune Warriors on Tuesday, as she was taken to Mallya Hospital in Bangalore for treatment and had to undergo a surgery the next day.
Though this was an accident, this might raise a few issues as the incidents that followed may interest a few spectators to injure themselves in order to get media attention, or might result in casualties as the force with which the ball is hit cannot be measured, and may prove fatal at times.
The incident that followed after Gayle power struck eleven-year old Tia's nose, has drawn more attention than the girl being badly hit on the nose as the star-batsman visited the girl at the hospital with a few RCB teammates and the team director Sidhartha Mallya.
Gayle visited the little girl after the prize distribution ceremony, and to Tia's surprise, the explosive batsman gifted the little girl the medal he received after hitting the maximum sixes in Tuesday's match against Pune Warriors.
Moreover, the girl who was hit in the 13th over of the innings, would have wondered if that was a lucky number or an unlucky one for her, as she got a surprise of her life as the Jamaican force, Chris Gayle visited her after the incident.
This incident garnered more attention as Gayle tweeted on his micro-blogging site Twitter after visiting her, “Visit Tia who got hit by 1 of my 6s, broken nose :(..her 1st word to me is to Chill, She’s fine!”
“In fact, Gayle was surprised when Tia said that she was honoured to be hit by Gayle,” said an eyewitness who was in the hospital when Gayle visited the little girl.
Fans need to guard their safety while watching matches in the stadium and not get carried away with such incidents that offer a dangerous shortcut to get the glimpse of their favourite stars.